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message 1: by Ryan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:32PM) (new)

Ryan (ryanfitzgibbon) i've noticed dan clowes has 2 different author pages, one as dan clowes and one as daniel clowes. how can i get these combined?

message 2: by Bree (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:32PM) (new)

Bree (coffeebeanbookshelf) | 18 comments Change all the books that have the wrong/less used name (if he goes by Dan, change all the ones by "Daniel" to Dan). It will look like it didn't work for a bit, but then the site will catch up and move them all to Dan Clowes page. I'm not sure what will happen with Daniel Clowes page...I would assume it would still be somewhere on the site, floating around lonely, but with nothing on it, people shouldn't find it.

message 3: by Nicolás (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:32PM) (new)

Nicolás Tamargo de Eguren (reosarevok) If you change the name in 'Daniel Clowes' to 'Dan Clowes' it will merge the two authors. If there's a bio for 'Dan Clowes' it will be deleted, so in that case do it the other way around first: rename Dan to Daniel and then to Dan again ;)

message 4: by Fibrowitch (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:33PM) (new)

Fibrowitch | 5 comments Is there a set of standards for entering authors names. I always write it as it is done in catalogs and in the Dewey system.

Last name, then first name. I only use full names. So I would write the above author as Clowes, Daniel.
Not Daniel Clowes.

Can we as librarians create a set of standards?

message 5: by Otis, Chief Architect (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:33PM) (new)

Otis Chandler | 315 comments Mod
Hi all,

There is a set of standards we've been building here:

If you have any questions not covered in there, let us know. Our upcoming pseudonym feature for authors should greatly help issues such as in this thread.

Fibrowitch, I understand your need to emulate catalogues, but we prefer to write author names regularly, as they appear on book covers. We can always programatically change them to last, first - such as we do on the view shelves pages.

message 6: by Fibrowitch (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:35PM) (new)

Fibrowitch | 5 comments Otis, you might be sorry you said that. I am going crazy trying to organize my book collection. 1000+ mostly hard cover.

I also have some authors that I collect each new edition, or multiple editions of. Say like the first printing of LTR (white sleeve) and the second printing (red sleeve).

I was also wondering what the standard is for the word 'the' Would the above book be listed as Lord of the Rings, The or The Lord of the Rings?

I have other questions for you about this program, can I drop you an email with them?

message 7: by Otis, Chief Architect (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:35PM) (new)

Otis Chandler | 315 comments Mod
Hi Fibrowitch,

Our recommendation for titles is to follow what is on the books cover, so "The Lord of the Rings".

And yes, use the 'contact us' link to ask us any other questions.


message 8: by Jon (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:41PM) (new)

Jon | 10 comments Back to merging authors . . . here's a tough nut.

Ken Blanchard has written tons of books. Some covers list him as Ken, and others as Kenneth. Some editions need to be combined, but they're under the two different names. Both names have dozens of books listed . . .

The reason I don't just merge the two names is that as far as I can tell, a search for "Kenneth Blanchard" doesn't turn up Ken, nor vice versa. I guess people could just search on Blanchard and find him that way . . .

What's your recommendation?

message 9: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:42PM) (new)

rivka | 41427 comments Mod
Actually, he's listed a third way (with a middle initial) as well. If I were doing it, I would combine all of them under his most complete name; but you also have the option of waiting for the much-anticipated AKA upgrade.

message 10: by Saturnina (new)

Saturnina | 12 comments I've been looking at Molière today, and I merged the spellings Molière and Moliere, but I've noticed there are problems with how the search handles accents, so I'm not sure now whether all of Molière turns up when you search with "moliere". I also noticed there's a third one, Jean-Baptiste Moliere, which I think could be merged with just Molière as well as the name usually appears without Jean-Baptiste. But I'd like to make sure if this is okay, and what to do about the accent problem?

message 12: by Dariusz (new)

Dariusz Sznajder (darek-) | 1 comments Is there already policy for combining different spelling of authors names?

There is 4 spellings of D. A. Mishani in one title:

Is changing primary name to official author profile D. A. Mishaniand adding cover spelling as a second one (like here: ) correct?

message 13: by Cait (last edited Dec 21, 2013 11:44AM) (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Yes, that's correct. Technically speaking the author name דרור משעני should be the primary author, since that's the name under which the books were first published, but the author has chosen to claim the D.A. Mishani spelling. Sorry, mixed up my pseudonym and transliteration rules! Since this author is publishing in English, the romanized spelling of their name should be listed as the primary author name, which is indeed D.A. Mishani.

message 14: by Clay (new)

Clay (claymcleod) | 13 comments I'm Clay McLeod Chapman, contributing author to Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Comic Reader 6:

On the Goodreads page for this book, I'm listed as Clay Chapman -- which means this book isn't included alongside the rest in my author's profile:

Is it possible to use my full (and correct) name for this listing: Clay McLeod Chapman

Thank you!

message 15: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Clay, I've fixed these for you. If you have any other requests, please open a new thread for a new issue. (This is supposed to be a thread for author name policy questions, not for data fixes.)

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